Getting Ready for the Holidays
It’s that time of the year! You are hearing holiday jingles on the radio and seeing Christmas items on all the shelves. The weather, at least in West Texas, gets unpredictable, freezing one day and springlike another.
The holidays are likely a favorite times of the year for Angelo State students, next to summer, because the fall semester is winding down and school will be over for about a month. Who doesn’t like that?
Here are a few ways you can prepare for the holidays.
Usually in West Texas, we don’t get much snow, but we do get some ice and cold winds, so it is time to break out the hats, gloves, scarfs and those big jackets.
Stay warm and stay inside when the weather turns bad. It can get really dangerous during this time of year, especially on the road when the ice starts to hit. If you do need to drive on ice, just be careful and always go below the speed limit. Also, while school may or may not get canceled because of winter weather conditions, your schoolwork still will need to get done. So keep up with those classes and assignments when you have no school because they will be due when you go back.
They are already starting to be played on the radio and sooner or later, that’ll be the only thing playing. So, whenever you get in your car, turn on the Christmas station and just sing along to some holiday tunes. Maybe singing will help put you in a better mood for handling the season.
San Angelo is known for its miles-long Christmas lights display along the Concho River and near Fort Concho. I have got to say, they are beautiful! I have gone every year since I have been in San Angelo, and they are definitely worth seeing. Another option is to drive around neighbors at Lake Nasworthy and Santa Rita and view the displays on people’s homes. Christmas lights are definitely a must during the holidays!
Hot Chocolate and Classic Movies
It’s cold and you need something to keep you warm — hot chocolate is the perfect drink! It’s delicious and will keep you warm throughout the long winter nights.
Nothing goes better with hot chocolate than some classic holiday movies. “Charlie Brown,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story” and many others will not only give you something to do while you are safe indoors, but they will bring back your childhood memories.
Playing in the Snow
If you’re one who doesn’t want to stay in all day, then having fun in the snow is the next best thing. Again, in West Texas, there isn’t much snow, but when there is, you can definitely have a snowball fight, build a snowman or even go sledding. Most college students go outside to enjoy it when school is canceled because of snow. That is really the only time we have to do that, so we make it worthwhile. Playing in the snow is fun and it will likely only happen once a year here, so you might as well do it when you have the chance.
Start your shopping soon for the holidays, because if you wait till the last minute, you might not get what you want. You don’t want to stress yourself out trying to find substitutions. To help you stay focused, try making a gift shopping list before you go out. It’s the aimless holiday shopping that can really frustrate you (and cause you to spend too much money).